mardi 6 février 2018

Rituals class registration - round 2

Get Messy Art Journal has decided to re-open registration for my Rituals class! But only until February 7th so this is your chance if you missed out on the first round!

Find out more here.

lundi 5 février 2018

Wolf Women Art || 04

Today, Ana and I are exploring the fourth tale in Women Who Run with the Wolves: Manawee. In this fairytale, Manawee must discover the names of twins that he wishes to make his wives. He is helped in this by his dog who confronts many obstacles to bring Manawee the names of the twins.

I did not connect to Manawee all that much, he is hardly in the story really. I felt like the dog did all the work. I know the dog is a metaphor for Manawee's own wild nature but it still fell a little flat for me. But the twins and their secret names? I like that a lot.

This also comes at a time when I am about to leave for Sydney where I will go support my sister who has undergone spinal surgery (again). For the next three weeks, I will be taking care of my nieces, 21 month old twins!

I am a little scared and very excited at the same time. I hope I can make it easier for my sister to recuperate and I am grateful for the possibility to bond with my nieces.

So for the next three weeks, I may not be blogging as much and just sharing on Instagram. Or things will go really well and I'll have time for both! Who knows?

Make sure to look at Ana's blog for her take on this theme.

vendredi 2 février 2018

V's Daily Diary || January

Well, here we go again: daily art in my 2018 diary. This year I wanted to focus on using one piece of ephemera and doing one drawing per day. I'm finding it super hard! I am hoping to learn a lot from this if I stick it out. So here's to stepping out of our comfort zones!

How are you reacting to your daily project? Is it making your uncomfortable or are you totally into it?

lundi 29 janvier 2018

Wolf Women Art 03

This week Ana and I are exploring a fascinating story: that of Vasalisa the Wise and Baba Yaga. I remember reading that story as a kid, it was in my Time-Life fantasy book. I remember loving the images and being creeoed out by the Witch.

I was inspired to make two spreads because I really liked Clarissa Este's retelling of the story and her archetypal explanations. The first spread focuses on Vasalisa listening to her intuition (the doll). I had the idea of using the matryoshka dolls as a metaphor for her going inward. I placed her in the woods. The first layer is Vasalisa in the woods.

 The second is her naked and with her hair completely loose. This is her listening to her self.

The third layer shows Vasalisa's bones, her structure.

And the last layer is the doll: her heart, her core.

 Here is a video to see how these layers move:

The three horses on the right represent the horsemen that Vasalisa encounters on her way to Baba Yaga's house.

I loved working on this spread! I wanted to make a second one that shows a bit of what we are meant to take away from each character. In particular, Baba Yaga. She scared me a little when I was younger but now I see she is a woman who is fully in her power and is accountable to no one but her. And I love that.

The thread connects these three characters, it's almost as if they are the same person.

Wish my legs had such cool tattoos! Be sure to take a look at Ana's pages too.

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